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Pet of the week: Kitty calls out phony service animals and their annoying humans

Pet of the week Kitty calls out phony service animals and their humans

Pet of the Week - Kitty
Kitty doesn't cotton to phony service animals. Courtesy photo

Name: Kitty, as in country singer Kitty Wells, former Massachusetts first lady Kitty Dukakis, Miss Kitty from Gunsmoke, and Sal Vulcano’s favorite stripper on Impractical Jokers Kitty Boom Boom. (I struggled on this one — not a lot of famous people named Kitty.)

Birthday: March 31, 2018. I’m barely legal.

Ethnicity: I’m a chocolate Chihuahua and long-coat Terrier mashup. I weigh a trifling 4.5 pounds, but that’s 100 percent kisses and hugs. I’m a total sweetie-pie pup, and everybody here at the shelter loves me. To show my gratitude, I want out of here! Like that country song: no thanks, CAP, thanks a lot.

Come and get me: I'm available for adoption at 11 am Friday, June 15 at Citizens for Animal Protection (17555 Katy Freeway; 281-497-0591). Tell them, "Ken sent me."

Kitty’s kibbles: I’m a huge dog lover. A thousand adopted pets of the week will back me up. So don’t take this wrong:

What happened to the airlines' promise to crack down on passengers bringing their phony, fancy, fluffy "service animals" on planes? I came and went to Bush-Intercontinental Airport last week. I swear, it's getting worse. I've been in dog parks with fewer dogs.

These little yappers and piddlers are not "service animals." Sending $60 to Battle Creek, Michigan for a print-at-home certificate for Fluffy to ride on a plane is an insult to real service dogs and the people who need them.

It’s stressful for dogs to sit for hours stuffed in a carrier. It’s probably scary for the dog to be around so many strangers in a noisy, bumpy environment. Instead of bringing the Fluffster on the plane, pay a dog sitter, or board your dog, or just stay home yourself.

I wouldn’t mind sitting next to a legit service dog on a plane. They’re well-behaved, and God bless the person who legitimately needs this animal.

Just don’t force your toy poodle on me or anybody else in Row 16. I was going to say something to the dog's owner, but I was afraid this supremely trained, strong, protective animal...might pee on my shoes.

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My pick for the U.S. Open golf event: anybody but Tiger Woods, despite ESPN's addiction to the once-great player from yesteryear. 

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Dog lover? Ken Hoffman introduces you to an adorable pup available for adoption in Houston every Thursday. 

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